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Stephen Nomura Schible: I wanted to make an intimate portrait of Ryuichi Sakamoto

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Japanese composer, pianist, and producer Ryuichi Sakamoto has always resisted an easy definition or description. Taken into account his illustrious and vast output which has spanned over different decades and fashions, he has been at the center and outer fringes of shaping contemporary music. For many, he is one of the greatest exponents of ...


John Kelman's Best Releases of 2017

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For those who may have noticed, there have been no best of lists coming from yours truly since 2014; sadly, the chronic health problem that has reduced my previous writing pace to a crawl continues without much respite. My best of the year lists have always been predicated upon having reviewed the releases chosen, and with ...


Tokyo Jazz Joints: Capturing An Old Love Story

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Could you imagine coffee shops in any North American or European city that played jazz non-stop all day, or bars where, variously, as you quenched your thirst, you heard only Blue Note Records, free-jazz or the music of, say, Miles Davis, according to the bar ...

Keiko Higuchi and Shin-ichiro Kanda: Passing and Longing and There Is Only a Trace Left

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With a resume in music that tilts heavily toward the avant-garde end of the listenability scale, Keiko Higuchi is nothing if not challenging. Small groups dedicated to free (in every sense) improv are alternated with solo abstract sound paintings using her voice and occasionally processed piano. She sticks to vocalizing and leaves the keys to Shin-Ichiro ...


New Releases On NoBusiness Records -- March 2017

New Releases On NoBusiness Records -- March 2017

NoBusiness Records has just released four new vinyls and three new CD's. Look for them on NoBusiness Records website. NoBusiness Records in cooperation with Japanese Chap-Chap Records has started a series of releases of unreleased concerts that took place in Japan in the 90s. Concerts were organised by big fans of free jazz and improvised music Takeo ...


Otomo Yoshihide Special Big Band: Live At Shinjuku Pit Inn

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Is it possible to maintain impeccable avant-garde credentials and be a popular culture phenomenon? This is the case with Otomo Yoshihide, a central figure in the Tokyo improv community, known internationally since the late '90s thanks to his participation in the downtown New York scene alongside John Zorn and many others. The Japanese guitarist and turntablist ...

Nobuki Takamen: Live in Japan

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When last heard from, guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen had released his first solo album, Solo Guitar (2014). He is active on the New York scene, but has returned to his native Japan for an annual tour for many years. For his sixth album he has chosen to document live performances of his trio with bassist Toshiyuki Tanahashi ...

Masahiko Togashi & Masayuki Takayanagi: Pulsation

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Virtually unnoticed in the West, the Japanese free jazz scene in the 1970s was bursting with creativity. The musicians shared a strong sense of adventure, as they welcomed the developments of creative music and free improvisation from USA and Europe while trying to find their own voice with a completely personal approach to improvised music. One ...

Merzbow/Keiji Haino/Balazs Pandi: An Untroublesome Defencelessness

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The often repeated refrain to a complaint about music is, “If it's too loud, then you're too old," doesn't apply to An Untroublesome Defencelessness by Merzbow, Keiji Haino, and Balázs Pándi. You probably should just agree, it is too loud. With any Merzbow record, it just seems to never gets old.

Of late, Merzbow's, ...


Satoko Fujii Tobira: Yamiyo Ni Karasu

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Tobira--porta in giapponese--è la nuova formazione di Satoko Fujii nata accorpando al New Trio--Todd Nicholson al contrabbasso, Takashi Itani alla batteria--il marito e trombettista Natsuki Tamura. Decisione presa dopo alcune occasionali partecipazioni durante i tour del 2014 in Europa e Nord America e scelta, come è sempre accaduto riguardo le numerose formazioni allestite nel corso della ...